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Techniques - Grafting roots
It is sometimes found that the roots of the tree are not ideal, and in the same way as we graft new branches on to a trunk we can also graft new roots.

This imported tree was produced by air-layering, and was obtained when it when it had few primary branches.  Although it has a reasonable nebari (roots) the “flare” on the left hand side of the trunk needed to be improved.

The tree before work begins
The tree with tree to be used  as a graft
The whip prepared for grafting

It was decided to graft new roots into this area, at repotting in early Spring 2006. The Trident Maple graft material was prepared as pictured right.

Removing soil in way of proposed graft

Here the tree is prepared to receive the graft material after washing the roots.


The new root is prepared for grafting
Close up of new roots
The graft material is carefully shaped to match the wounded area on the trunk of the bonsai. Good contact between the cambium layers of the host and graft material is essential.
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